The U15 West Coast Wildfire girls claimed the championship at the 2014 Magic Cup. The Wildfire, a National Premier League (NPL) soccer team, capped off their summer tournament season with four consecutive wins.
The Wildfire faced Central Valley Crossfire in a hard-fought championship match. Both teams were determined to bring home the championship but the Wildfire outlasted the Crossfire thanks to stingy defense and a timely goal.
In the first half, goalie Nicole Pastrikas, recorded several acrobatic saves for the Wildfire and kept the game tied at 0-0. In the second half, Wildfire forward Jenna Zuniga scored the lone goal with a great individual effort on a breakaway.
"I'm very proud of this young Wildfire team, they consistently absorb information and execute their individual and team tasks. This young team is rapidly becoming one of the top U15 teams in Northern California," said Wildfire coach Troy Dayak.
In the semifinal match, the Wildfire faced a longtime rival, Walnut Creek Storm. West Coast forward Meghan Giamona was player of the game. Giamona scored the first goal of the game and followed that up with a perfectly placed free kick just outside the 18 for a 2-0 Wildfire lead. Forward Jenna Zuniga scored an insurance goal to cap the scoring, and the Wildfire held on for a 4-1 victory.
In the second game of bracket play, the Wildfire faced Sacramento United, another NPL team from Sacramento. The Wildfire came out strong and scored first on a corner kick from Meghan Giamona. The second score came from another corner kick, which was headed in by forward Tori Diehl. In the second half, the Wildfire took a 3-0 lead when forward Paola Samaniego scored on a breakaway.
In a battle of top teams from Northern California, the Wildfire first faced East Bay-Bay Oaks. The Wildfire scored first with a solid shot from forward Tory Borgna. By halftime, the Wildfire held a 2-0 lead. The third and final goal came from midfielder Mayzin Kung, who found the net from inside 18 feet. The victory gave the Wildfire their first of four wins, along with the top seed in bracket play.
The Wildfire will now begin their regular NPL season playing matches against Northern California's top teams. Follow the West Coast Wildfire and other West Coast Soccer Club teams at westcoastsoccerclub.com.
2014 Speedo Junior National Championships
On July 28-Aug. 3, the Pleasanton Seahawks sent six swimmers to the Junior National Championship held at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine.
Despite facing the nation's top 18U swimmers all six Pleasanton swimmers reached the finals in most or all of their events.
For the women, Iris Brand finished 20th in 100 freestyle and 21st in the 50 freestyle. Earika Brown finished 11th in 100 freestyle and also earned a spot on the National Junior Team with a third pace finish in the 200 freestyle. Moriah Simonds finished eighth in 400 freestyle, 13th in 800 freestyle and seventh in the 1500 freestyle.
For the men, Maxime Rooney finished second in the 100 freestyle, ninth in 100 butterfly, third in 200 butterfly, second in 200 freestyle, and 11th in 100 backstroke, along with earning a spot on the National Junior Team. Tony Shen finished 26th in the 200 freestyle, Nick Silverthorn finished 22 in 100 freestyle, 15th in 100 breaststroke, and 14th in 200 breaststroke. Nick Silverthorn finished 22nd in 100 freestyle, 15th in the 100 breaststroke, and 14th in 200 breaststroke.
The Seahawks finished 12th overall.
Phillips 66 National Championship
The Pleasanton Seahawks sent four swimmers to the Olympic Trials on August 6. Olympians such as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and a host of other college swimmers were present and competing for a spot on several USA Nationals Teams.
Seahawks' swimmers proved themselves well, finishing in the top of their age groups as well as earning gold medal times, which are required to be a potential Gold Medal Team. The Pleasanton Senior Elite Group earned Gold Medal Team ranking, which means they rank amongst the top 20 teams in the US.